Soulja Slim (real name – James Adarryl Tapp Jr.) was an American rapper from New Orleans, Louisiana.
He was born on September 9, 1977, in Magnolia, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA.
Tapp dropped out of Booker T. Washington High School during his sophomore year.
After dropping out of high school, he released his debut album Soulja fa Lyfe in 1994 via Hype Enough Records and Parkway Pumpin.
In the follow-up year, Tapp released an EP, titled – ”The Dark Side” via Hype Enough Records. Also in 1995, he was convicted of armed robbery.
On May 19, 1998, he released the album ”Give It 2 ‘Em Raw.” It sold more than 500,000 copies. The album debuted at #13 on the Billboard 200 and on #4 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums.
On August 7, 2001, Soulja released another album, entitled – ”The Streets Made Me” via No Limit Records. The album features guest appearances from Afficial & Silkk The Shocker, Slay Sean, Krazy, Ms. Peaches, Master P, Twelve A ‘Klok, Tre-Nitty, Damien, Baby Girl, and X-Conn.
After the release of The Streets Made Me, Tapp has created his own label, named – ”Cut Throat Committee.”
In 2002, he released the album ”Years Later.” It featured guest appearances from Tre-Nitty, Twelve A ‘Klok, Damien, and Curren$y.
In 2003, Tapp released ”Years Later…A Few Months” After via Koch Records. The album featured guest appearances from Tre-Nitty, Lil Menace, Juvenile, Doublecrossa, Mystikal, Cut Throat Hussain, Kayotic, Lil Real One, and Twelve A ‘Klok.
Soulja Slim died on November 26, 2003, after he was shot three times in the face and two times in the chest. At the time, he was going to his mother’s house to get a VHS copy of “Love Me Or Love Me Not” to show to a friend. Tapp was shot dead in his mother’s front yard on Lafaye Street.
Witnesses said they saw a man in dark clothing fleeing afterward. In December 2003, police arrested 22-year-old Garelle Smith in connection with Soulja’s murder. Police say Garelle received $10k for killing Soulja from a rival record label. The gun used in the murder was a .40-caliber Glock semi-automatic stolen from a New Orleans police officer’s home.
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Soulja’s producer said at the time: ”It could have been jealousy, it could have been a lot of things.”
Garelle Smith was later released since no witnesses would testify against him due to his reputation as a hitman. By 2008, Garelle had been arrested for three more murders. He was found murdered in August 2011.
Soulja was buried with the outfit he wore on the cover of Give It 2 ‘Em Raw.
On March 1, 2004, Slim’s song “Slow Motion” feat. Juvenile was released posthumously. The song peaked at the number 1 spot on Billboard, staying on the chart for almost 6 and a half months.
In 2004, two mixtapes (”Cutthroat Mixtape Vol. 1” and ”Cutthroat Mixtape Vol. 2”) were released posthumously on Cut Throat Committee. ”Thug Brothers” followed in 2008.
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Soulja Slim has a son, named Lil Soulja Slim, who also became a rapper. Lil released three albums (Slim Reaper, The Streets Raised Me, and Soulja Slim Reincarnated) and two EPs (Inconsiderate and Streets Cold).
Tapp guested on albums by Dirty South Boyz, Master P, C-Murder, and Snoop Dogg.
Soulja Slim – Net Worth
Tapp earned most of his wealth from selling copies of his albums (Years Later…A Few Months After, Years Later, The Streets Made Me, and Give It 2 ‘Em Raw) and mixtapes (Thug Brothers and Cutthroat Mixtape Vol. 1 & 2). Therefore, at the time of his death, Soulja Slim had an estimated net worth of $5 million.
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